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Denny Hamlin celebrates winning  the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Martinsville Speedway in Martinsville, Va., Sunday, March 29, 2015. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Hamlin races to 25th Cup win, 5th at Martinsville

Sunday, March 29, 2015

MARTINSVILLE, Va. – Denny Hamlin just needed a visit to Martinsville Speedway to get his racing team back on track. Now, with his spot in Sprint Cup’s Chase for the championship virtually assured, they can work to make it better. Hamlin passed teammate Matt Kenseth for the lead with 28 laps to go yesterday and ended Toyota’s 32-race winless streak …

Sprint Cup top 5s

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Top 5 race 1. Denny Hamlin, Toyota 2. Brad Keselowski, Ford 3. Joey Logano, Ford 4. Matt Kenseth, Toyota 5. David Ragan, Toyota Top 5 points 1. Kevin Harvick, 263 2. Logano, 239 3. Martin Truex Jr., 231 4. Keselowski, 206 5. Kasey Kahne, 193 Race winners: Harvick (2), Hamlin, Jimmie Johnson, Keselowski, Logano …

Motorsports notebook: Elliott’s Sprint Cup debut a reminder that the future is here

Sunday, March 29, 2015

If the thought didn’t occur to you when Kyle Larson and Austin Dillon arrived last year or when Jeff Gordon announced his coming retirement before this year, it should set in when Chase Elliott climbs into his car at Martinsville for today’s STP 500. The youth movement that has been growing in NASCAR’s …

Johnson pulls away for another Atlanta Sprint Cup win

Sunday, March 1, 2015

HAMPTON, Ga. – The season just started. The calendar hasn’t even turned to spring. Yet Jimmie Johnson has all but wrapped up a shot at his record-tying seventh Sprint Cup title. Quickly establishing he’s one of the drivers …

NASCAR notebook: Question of Kyle Busch’s Chase eligibility a difficult one for NASCAR

Sunday, March 1, 2015

A broken leg wasn’t the only malady to occur when Kyle Busch careened off the Daytona International Speedway track and into a concrete wall the afternoon before the Daytona 500. The collision and its aftermath left NASCAR itself …

Dude, where’s my car: NASCAR machine stolen before race

Saturday, February 28, 2015

HAMPTON, Ga. – When Travis Kvapil got the call yesterday, he figured someone on his race team was playing a joke. “They said there was trouble with the car,” Kvapil said. “I thought we could figure it out …

NASCAR making plans for SAFER barriers at Daytona, Talladega after Busch injury

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – International Speedway Corp. is developing a plan for the installation of additional SAFER barriers at Daytona and Talladega, and will review the safety standards at its other racetracks. The renewed focus announced yesterday by ISC …

Ragan, Jones announced as weekend replacements for Kyle Busch

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

David Ragan will drive Kyle Busch’s car in the Sprint Cup Series this weekend at Atlanta, while 18-year-old Erik Jones will drive Busch’s car in the Xfinity Series. Busch broke his right leg and left foot when he crashed head-on into a concrete wall Saturday at Daytona International …

NASCAR got the drama-free Daytona 500 it needed

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – It was a bumpy buildup to the Daytona 500, which for days was overshadowed by disputes, drama, an injury to Kyle Busch and the suspension of his older brother, Kurt. Dozens of cars were …

Gibbs unsure how long Kyle Busch will be sidelined

Monday, February 23, 2015

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Joe Gibbs is unsure how long Kyle Busch will be sidelined with a broken right leg and left foot from a crash at Daytona International Speedway. Busch had surgery on his right leg in …

Logano gives Penske another Daytona 500 win

Monday, February 23, 2015

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Soaked in booze but drinking a Coke, Joey Logano fretted over how he and his new bride would celebrate his most significant victory. “I don’t know how to party,” the 24-year-old said with a …

Gordon wrecks on last lap of final Daytona 500

Monday, February 23, 2015

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Jeff Gordon was mobbed as he weaved his way from pit road through the Daytona garage and back to his hauler. Fans in No. 24 apparel pleaded with Gordon for an autograph, a picture. …

Sprint Cup preview: With Edwards on board, Gibbs set to battle Hendrick as NASCAR’s top power

Sunday, February 22, 2015

The first shots for the 2015 Sprint Cup season were fired well before the calendar flipped to the new year. They date back to August, when the rumors became official and Carl Edwards officially signed with Joe Gibbs …

NASCAR suspends Kurt Busch after domestic violence details

Saturday, February 21, 2015

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – NASCAR suspended Kurt Busch indefinitely yesterday after a judge said the former champion almost surely choked and beat a former girlfriend last fall and there was a “substantial likelihood” of more domestic violence from …

Kyle Larson ready to become NASCAR’s new superstar

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – As Jeff Gordon winds down his long career, the kid who grew up idolizing him is just getting started. Kyle Larson is ready to become NASCAR’s next superstar. His sophomore season in the Sprint …